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Your Face Could Be Recreated From DNA: Should You Worry?

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Can we predict what a person's face looks like based solely on a sample of their DNA? A new study says yes, but geneticists aren't so sure.

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Geneticists pan paper that claims to predict a person's face from their DNA
"A storm of criticism has rained down on a paper by genome-sequencing pioneer Craig Venter that claims to predict people's physical traits from their DNA. Reviewers and even a co-author of the paper say that it overstates the ability to use a person's genes to identify the individual, which could raise unnecessary fears about genetic privacy."

Neanderthal DNA Influences the Looks and Behavior of Modern Humans
"Neanderthals are the closest evolutionary relatives identified to date of all people living today. They are so close to us that some people - those of European and Asian heritage - retain a fair amount of DNA from these big-brained, big-headed hominids who once dominated much of the world."

Music Was Just Encoded on DNA and Retrieved for the First Time
"The experiment showed that DNA not only offers a place to save a dense package of information in a tiny space, but because it can last for hundreds of years, it reduces the risk that it will go out of date or degrade in the way that cassette tapes, compact discs, and even computer hard drives can."


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